Come home to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette! Move-in day for freshman has been postponed from Sunday, August 14, to Wednesday, August 17, because of flooding in the region. Please check for updates here. Upperclassmen Move-In Day is Saturday, August 20.
Freshman Move-In Day:
Freshman Move-In Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17. Please arrive at the scheduled time from your original Golden Ticket. If you cannot move on that day, contact the Housing office at email@example.com to set up an alternative date and time. All housing reservations are being honored unless canceled by the student.
Upperclassman Move-In Day:
Upperclassman Move-In Day is Saturday, Aug. 20. Please arrive at the scheduled time from your original assignment email. If you cannot move on that day, contact the Housing office at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an alternative date and time. All housing reservations are being honored unless cancelled by the student.
Our Move-In Central will give you an in-depth look of what move-in day and your first week on campus will look like. Share your move-in day experience with #CajunsComeHome and on Snapchat!
On Move-In Day, you’ll have your belongings unloaded and then check in at the Student Union. Volunteers will move all of your things to your room for you. During check in, you’ll receive your room key, and then you are welcome to go to your room.
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How to Prepare for Move-In
The more prepared you are for move-in day, the smoother and easier it will be.
Make sure all of your items are in a box, bag, or sealed container. Label all of your boxes and containers with your name, hall, and room number. Your hall and room number are listed on the StarRez housing portal, if you forget. You’ll receive the label in your email with the other information for move-in day, and then you will need to print out the label and tape it to your boxes.
Keeping loose items to a minimum and labeling all of your containers will help our volunteers make sure all of your stuff gets to your room without confusion.
If you have larger, fragile items like TVs, pack them in the box you purchased them in.
If you have items that are too large to fit into a box, like extra furniture, you don’t need to label it. Our volunteers will not be able to move extra furniture, and you’ll be responsible for moving it into your room at the end of the day after everyone else has been moved in.
Don’t pack your smaller valuables, like your cash, wallet, computer, or expensive jewelry. Put those things in a backpack that you can carry with you until you get to your room.
Recommended Packing List
- Bedding (Twin XL size)
- Storage containers for under your bed
- High efficiency laundry detergent (the pods work great!) and dryer sheets
- Laundry baskets (find one with wheels, if you can)
- White sticky tack/dorm tape/Command strips for hanging decor (but note that Command strips can damage walls if not removed properly)
- Physical phone (yes, like one that plugs into the wall and has a cord)
- Television (free cable is provided! But make sure your TV has a stand because you will not be able to hang it from the wall.)
- Microwave/mini fridge (if living in Conference Center or Harris Hall)
- Toiletries: toilet paper, shower curtain, personal items, towels
- Clothing hangers
- Door mirror
- Alarm clock
- Laptop and printer (though there are computer labs across campus)
- Dishes and utensils for cooking
- Power strips
- Pad lock for your armoire
- Pets of any kind (even fish bowls!)
- Wi-fi routers
- Pull-up bars
- Hover boards (campus-wide policy)
- Tobacco or alcohol (campus-wide policy)
- Exposed heating elements like toasters or coffee pots (if it gets red, it’s a no-no)
- Weapons (campus-wide policy)
Dorm Decor & Decorating
Need ideas for dorm decor? Check out the Ragin’ Room Decor board on UL Lafayette’s Pinterest.
If you want to decorate your walls without messing up the paint (so you don’t lose your deposit!), we suggest bringing the Command strips, white sticky tack, or you can get Dorm Tape, which is durable double-sided tape that won’t damage the walls, from the Ragin’ Cajuns Store. Blue sticky tack will stain the walls.
You will not be able to hang your TV on the wall! Make sure you bring a stand for it.
While you’re packing, think about entering our Showroom Competition. If your room looks great and you agree to have your room open for people to see during tours, Preview Days, and Geaux Days, you can have $20/month taken off your housing fee. The competition starts on Move-In Day! By posting photos of your room with #CajunsComeHome, you’ll be entered into the competition.
Contact Your Roommate
You’ll get an email the week of August 1 with your roommate’s name and email address. If you don’t know them already, it’s a good idea to get in touch with them—email works, but a lot of people use Facebook, too.
So you don’t end up having two of everything, you need to decide who will bring a TV, shower curtain, phone, and other shared items.
What Documents Do I Need to Bring With Me?
Have your golden ticket printed. That will arrive in your email.
You also need to print your Unloading Ticket (which should have also arrived in your email) and place it in the windshield of your car before you get into the line for unloading. You’ll receive your Unloading Ticket in your University email the week of August 1.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
You need to know your unloading time. That will be emailed to you with your Golden Ticket. Please stick to the time you have been assigned.
Tuition and fees are due according to University payment schedule. If not paid in full, a payment plan and the first installment must be made by the due date set in the University payment schedule. For more info, visit the Student Cashier Center’s website.
And, of course, you need to be prepared for all of the emotions you’ll feel on move-in day.
Words You Should Know
Golden Ticket = What you receive in your email that indicates you can move in to your residence hall.
Unloading Ticket = You will receive this in your email the week of August 1, and it looks like a rectangle with places to write your name, hall, and room number. You need to print it out, fill it out, and place it in the windshield of your car in order to unload your car.
Unloading Time = The time when you should drive to the queue for your residence hall. This will also be emailed to you with your golden ticket.
Passport = You will have to get your passport stamped when you unload your car before you can go through to check-in at the Student Union so you can receive your key and attend the community fair. At the end of the day, you will drop your stamped passport in a box at your residence hall to be entered into a drawing.
What Move-In Day Will Look Like
On move-in day, you’ll have all of your things unloaded and moved into your room, and then you’ll check in at the Student Union.
Do You Have Your Golden Ticket?
If you received your golden ticket in your email address, make sure you print it out or have it ready to show at your unloading zone.
If you don’t have your golden ticket, you will not be allowed to unload your things and move in.
Unloading & Moving Your Stuff
First, you need to print your unloading ticket (from your email), fill it out, and place it in the windshield of your car.
Everyone will receive an email with their unloading time. When it becomes your unloading time, you’ll need to drive your car to the line for your residence hall. You’ll receive a map in your email with your residence hall’s color-coded route.
Once you’re in the unloading line, your car will be directed to your unloading spot. Do not turn off the car, and the driver should not get out.
Volunteers will unload all of your boxes, items and containers. It is very important that all of your items are boxed or in containers that are labeled with your name, hall and room number. Our volunteers will unload all of your packed items, place them in a moving dolly and take everything to your room for you.
Get Your Passport
As you’re unloading your car, you will receive a passport from one of our volunteers. Your passport will need to be stamped here before you can proceed to check in.
Parking After Unloading
After your items have been unloaded, you’ll be directed to park your car, and then you’ll go to the Student Union for check-in.
If you moved into Coronna, Bonin, or Harris halls, you will park in the Taft Street Parking Tower.
If you moved into Baker or Huger halls, you will park in the Olivier Parking Tower.
If you moved into the Conference Center, you will park in the E.K. Long lot or in the Girard Park Circle Parking Tower (also known as the Stokes Parking Tower).
Rex Street will still be one-way, but it will be reversed from its normal direction. Traffic will flow one way from Lewis Street to St. Mary Boulevard.
Rose Garden Map
Taft Street Map
Southwest Main Map
When You Check In
After your items have been unloaded from your car, you’ll be directed to park at the Girard Park Parking Tower. From there, you’ll go to the Student Union for check-in.
Make sure you have your golden ticket printed out. You will need to have your passport stamped after unloading to be able to check in.
Check in will happen in the foyer of Bayou Bijou, where you’ll get your name tag and watch a video about life on campus. Parents are welcome to watch the video, or they can opt to meet their student at the end of check-in. A hospitality room in the Student Union will be available for all parents assisting with move-in.
After the video in Bayou Bijou, you’ll get your room key, your post office box key, and you’ll be able to buy your student parking pass (if you have not purchased one already). From there, you’ll go to the community fair, where you can learn more about student organizations, University offices and services, and businesses from the community.
Getting To Your Room
After the community fair, you’re welcome to go to your room and unpack, or you can leave campus and come back later.
How Do I Find My Residence Hall?
To help you find your residence hall, there will be signs in the Student Union directing you to your hall. You can also download the campus map and use that, if you want.
What Do I Need to Do When I Get There?
When you get to your room, you will complete a Room Condition Inventory form through the StarRez Housing Portal. If there are any issues with your room, you will be able to request maintenance from your housing portal.
What Will Be In My Room?
In every room, there is one desk, bed, dresser, and closet or armoire per person.
Of course, all of the boxes and containers that were unloaded from your car will also be in your room by this time.
You can see the other amenities for your hall here:
What If I Want to Change Roommates?
All room assignments will stay in place until two weeks after move-in. If you want to change roommates, swapping rooms won’t happen until after the first two weeks. There will be an online form you can fill out, but it won't be available until after the first two weeks.
What If I Want to Loft My Bed?
You can put in a request to loft your bed, but the requests will not be fulfilled until after the first two weeks after move-in day.
There will be a $100 per semester fee associated with lofting your bed.
Other Things to Do
Hungry? The Student Union Cypress Lake Dining Hall will be open for lunch on Move-In Day.
Need more Ragin’ Cajuns gear? The Ragin’ Cajuns Store in the Student Union will be open!
Want to know more about campus? Take our hidden gems campus tour!
Where Do I Park?
If you’re a student in your own car, you’ll be able to park in the zone that you purchased your pass for.
First Week on Campus
Welcome to your new home!
What Is There to Do?
Check out all the Freshman Week activities on the Office of the First-Year Experience website.
For other events happening on and around campus, visit calendar.louisiana.edu.
Where Do I Eat?
There are tons of dining options on campus and around campus.
See all the on-campus dining options, which accept your declining balance (from your meal plan) and Cajun Cash.
Some off-campus restaurants offer a discount with your University ID through the Red Dot Discount program. See all of the restaurants and businesses that will give you a discount.
When Do Classes Start?
Cajun Connection marks the first day of classes for freshmen on August 18. Get all the details about Cajun Connection—including when to show up, what to bring, parking, and eating.
Meet Your RAs, Area Coordinator & Building Manager
Your Resident Assistant (RA) is the best person to talk to about living on campus. They can give you advice, help with any issues that come up with your roommate, and answer any questions you may have.
Your Building Manager oversees the business operations and facility needs in your hall. If you have any housing questions, you can direct them to your building manager and they can help guide you in the right direction!
Know What it Means to Be a Ragin' Cajun
Learn more about our campus traditions, and don’t forget: every Friday is Wear Red Friday!